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LOT: 026

Birech Yitzhak, first and only edition. With signature, Venice. 1763.

On the five books of Torah. “Nice droshim based on the pillars of the Shas and those who support it…” by the Gaon Rav Yitzhak Bracha, described by the sages of Aleppo—headed by Rabbi Yehuda KAtzin and Rabbi Shlomo Laniado—in their introduction to the book: “the wondrous rav who can uproot mountains with his strong pilpulim.” This book is full of wonderful ideas linking halacha, drash, pilpul, mussar, and agada with great proficiency in the poskim of the Rishonim and Achronim. Rabbi of Rabbi Avraham Sathon. Printed by Bragadin, on thick pages. At the beginning and end of the books are wonderful decorations. On the cover and in the body of the book are very old handwritten signatures in Arabic and Mizrahi Hebrew. Listings and stamps of ownership. New binding. Signs of moisture. 128 pages. 27cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 027

Lot of 2 books bound together: Bechinat Olam, Vienna 1791; Pirkei Eliezer, Prague 1784.

1. By Rav Yedaya the Bardashi and Rabbi Moshe Galanti (the second). 2. Midrashim according to Chazal. Signature of ownership: Aharon Leib… Leather binding, light moth marks. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 028

Sefer HaShlah. Furth. 1764.

HaShlah = Shnei Luchot HaBrit. By Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horwitz (the Holy Shla). 2, 421 [supposed to be 420] pages. 32cm. Bound together with the book Vavei HaAmudim, an introduction to the Shla by the author’s son, Shabtai ben Yeshaya Horwitz. 8, 8-44 [supposed to be 36] 4. Moth damage, defects. Bad to ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 028

Sefer HaShlah. Furth. 1764.

HaShlah = Shnei Luchot HaBrit. By Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horwitz (the Holy Shla). 2, 421 [supposed to be 420] pages. 32cm. Bound together with the book Vavei HaAmudim, an introduction to the Shla by the author’s son, Shabtai ben Yeshaya Horwitz. 8, 8-44 [supposed to be 36] 4. Moth damage, defects. Bad to ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 028

Sefer HaShlah. Furth. 1764.

HaShlah = Shnei Luchot HaBrit. By Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horwitz (the Holy Shla). 2, 421 [supposed to be 420] pages. 32cm. Bound together with the book Vavei HaAmudim, an introduction to the Shla by the author’s son, Shabtai ben Yeshaya Horwitz. 8, 8-44 [supposed to be 36] 4. Moth damage, defects. Bad to ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 028

Sefer HaShlah. Furth. 1764.

HaShlah = Shnei Luchot HaBrit. By Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horwitz (the Holy Shla). 2, 421 [supposed to be 420] pages. 32cm. Bound together with the book Vavei HaAmudim, an introduction to the Shla by the author’s son, Shabtai ben Yeshaya Horwitz. 8, 8-44 [supposed to be 36] 4. Moth damage, defects. Bad to ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 029

Lot including Chiddushei HaRitba on masechet Nidda – first edition. Bound together with Beit Natan-first edition. Vienna, 19th century.

1. Chiddushei HaRitba on masechet Nidda. Vienna 1868. Published as a manuscript by Rav Yitzhak Halberstam, a talmid chacham, banker, and author of Si’ach Yitzhak. Resident of Krakow and in-law of Rabbi Shimon Sofer, Av Beit Din of Krakow. 2. Beit Natan, changes in wordings of Masechet Brachot “according to an ancient manuscript on parchment that was brought to me from Egypt,” and these wordings explain many of the questions that posed difficulties for the greatest of commentators. Vienna 1854. By Rav Nahman NAtan Kornil (1810-1890), a talmid chacham, shadar, researcher, and author. Father-in-law of Rabbi Yehoshua Zvi Michal Shapira. Because of this book he received a badge of honor from Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph, for its “wisdom and work of thought.” Stamps and signatures of ownership in Mizrahi and Ashkenazi handwriting. Inside the book is an Ottoman receipt from the beginning of the 20th century, and on the back of the receipt are chiddushei torah handwritten. Binding and cutting of pages in red ink. Moth marks. 57; 55 page. 24cm. Generally good to very good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 030

Lot of 10 rare books. First and lone editions. By the sages of Morocco. Beginning of the 20th century.

1. Zichrei Kehuna, two sections, chiddushim on the Tanach and Talmud Bavli, organized alphabetically. By Rabbi David HaKohen, a rabbi in Katzmatina, and author of many books. Printed by Boaz Hadad, Djerba 1948. 3, 57 pages. 21cm. 2. Asher LeShlomo, Shot (Q&A). By Rav Shlomo Even Danan, chief rabbi of Fez. Printed by Zuckerman, Jerusalem 1901. [5], 157 pages. 33cm. 3. Maskeel L’David, commentaries on the Tanach. By Rav David (bar Avraham) Tzabach, a motz in Marrakesh. Printed by Yaakov Gig, Tunis 1910. 184 pages. 32cm. 4. Shoshanim LeDavid, two sections, Q&A on the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch. By Rav David (bar Masoud) Tzabach (1869-1955), dayan and rabbi in El Jadida and in Kannita. Student of his father, Rabbi Masoud, and of Rabbi Refael Ankowa, at the end of his life he moved to Jerusalem. With dedication by the author. Printed by Razon, Casablanca, 1935. [2], 4 56; 148 pages. 34cm. 5. Karnei Ram, Q&A. By Rav Refael Ankowa (1848-1935), a dayan and rosh yeshiva, chief rabbi of Rabbat and leader of the Moroccan Jewish community in recognizing the French rule. Author of To’afot Ram, Pa’amonei Zahav, and more. Missing the cover page. Printed by Zuckerman, ,Jerusalem 1910. [4], 251 pages. 34cm. 6. Birkat Avraham on Masechet Brachot, by Rabbi Avraham HaKohen (1898-1931), an important rabbi of Djerba. Printed by D. Idan and Rav Sofer, Djerba 1933. [3], 89 pages. 30cm. 7. Nofet Tzufim, Q&A on the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch. By Rav Petachya Mordechai Birdogo (1764-1820), a rabbi in Makhnes. Autho of Petuchei Chotem. Printed byb Razon, Casablanca 1938. [1], 4, 214 pages. 34cm. 8. Bakesh Shlomo, Q&A. By Rav Shlomo Even Danan (1848-1929), chief rabbi of Fez. On page 98 there are two wonderful engravings of the court of Shlomo. Casablanca 1935, Elbaz brothers printing, no binding. 1935. [4], 98, [10] pages. 32cm. 9. Minchat HaOmer, Q&A and chiddushim. By Rav Omer Abutbul (1820-1854), a sage of Sefrou in Morocco. Was rich and his home hosted many great sages of Israel. Printed by Boaz Hadad, Djerba. 1950. [7], 103; 59, [4], 28 pages. 31cm. 10. Chayei Amram, Q&A. By Rav Amram Elbaz (1799-1853), a rabbi and paytan in Sefrou, author of Binyan Na’arim and Kol Zimra. Printed by the Tzayag brothers, Mekhnes, 1949. [22], 219 pages. 31cm.
Item sold at $280 Starting at $180
LOT: 031

Zohar HaTeiva. Lemberg, 1860 (approx.)

With Michseh HaTeiva at the end, on knowledge of Hebrew grammar. Printed by Avraham Yehoshua Heschel Draker (who operated in Lemberg in 1860). By Rav Shlomo Zalman HaKohen Henna (died 1747), an Ashkenazi sage and grammarian. Rabbi Yaakov Amdin (the Yaavetz), in his book “Luach Arash” attacks him bitterly and criticizes him (his father, HaKhacham Zvi, wrote an endorsement for his book Sha’arei Tefila, but in his criticism he claims that it is fake). In the book before us, the Rav Shlomo Zalman HaKohen responds to the criticism and answers all of Rabbi Yaakov Amdin’s claims. His figure remains controversial. Among the endorsers of his method are Rabbi Schneor Zalman of Liady, who listed his differences of opinion in his siddur (Admor HaZaken), and the Pri Migadim. With glosses handwritten. [1], [97] page. 18cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 032

Megaleh Amukot. First printing. Lemberg 1795.

An ancient work of kabbalah. Two sections, each has a separate cover page. The book has 252 commentaries using kabbalah in the prayer of Moshe Rabbeinu in parshat Ve’etchanan (Deuteronomy). By Rabbi Natan Neta Shapira (1585-1633), known by the name of this book. An Ashkenazi Kabbalist sage, one of the greatest sages of his generation, the head of the yeshiva in Krakow and also managed to be very rich. The book was printed with some of the most important endorsements, on thick, beautiful paper. The page cutting isn’t straight. Bound in new, handsome leather binding. [4], 86, [1], 102 pages. 24cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $650 Starting at $500
LOT: 033

Set in two sections—Halachot of Rav Alfas. Zulzbach. 1762/4.

By the Rif, Rabbi Yitzhak Alfasi, the first of the Rishonim, with Rashi’s commentary, the Ran, Rabbineu Yona, Nimukei Yosef, Shaltei HaGibborim, the Maor HaGadol v’HaKatan, and more. With the Tosefta and Mordechai’s commentary. Two volumes. First: Seder Zra’im (Brachot, halachot ketanot), and Seder Moed. Second: Seder Nezikin. Printed by Rabbi Meshalem Zalman bar Aharon. On the page after the cover is a wonderful metal-based engraving of two cherubs carrying the crown of Torah and below them an illustration of leaves creating a Star of David. At the bottom of the second page of Section 1 is the approval of the censor. Signatures of ownership in Hebrew and the local language. Volume 1 has new binding. Volume 2 has the original leather binding, the front portion is missing. Moth damage. Stains from moisture. The Rif is famous mostly for the book before us (Hilchot Rav Alfas), a book of halachot that covers three sedarim of the shas, which were relevant during the period in which he was writing. He would copy and concentrate only on the things that he felt were relevant to halacha. Great rishonim like the Rambam, the Ra’avad, the Ramban, the Ri ba’al haTosfaot referred to him with great appreciation, and most of halakhic sages refer to him as the foremost authority on psikat halacha. [3], 3-87; 304; 376 pages. 38cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 034

Lot of two miniature sets of the Prophets and Writings, and the Five Books of Torah. 19th century.

1. Kitvei Kodesh 24, a set of Prophets and Writings, with Targum, Rashi’s commentary, and Metzudot. 9 volumes (of 10). Argelbrand printing. Warsaw 1877. Cardboard binding with leather covering, with golden engravings of the name and number of the volume, initials of the owner, and year the book was received. 12cm, generally good to very good condition. 2. Five Books of Torah with Targum, Rashi’s commentary, Rashbam, the Ba’al HaTurim, and Sfatei Khachamim. 5 volumes. At the end of each volume are the prayers for Shabbat. Each volume has two covers. Monk printing. Warsaw 1889. [Censor’s stamp from 1888]. Leather binding with golden engraving. 8cm. Generally good to very good condition.
Item sold at $130 Starting at $120
LOT: 035

Zohar haTeiva, Berlin, 1769.

With Michseh HaTeiva at the end, on knowledge of Hebrew grammar. Printed by Avraham Yehoshua Heschel Draker (who operated in Lemberg in 1860). By Rav Shlomo Zalman HaKohen Henna (died 1747), an Ashkenazi sage and grammarian. Rabbi Yaakov Amdin (the Yaavetz), in his book “Luach Arash” attacks him bitterly and criticizes him (his father, HaKhacham Zvi, wrote an endorsement for his book Sha’arei Tefila, but in his criticism he claims that it is fake). In the book before us, the Rav Shlomo Zalman HaKohen responds to the criticism and answers all of Rabbi Yaakov Amdin’s claims. His figure remains controversial. Among the endorsers of his method are Rabbi Schneor Zalman of Liady, who listed his differences of opinion in his siddur (Admor HaZaken), and the Pri Migadim. [2], 83 pages. 18cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 036

Avodat Kodesh by the Rashba. Warsaw 1803. Copy of Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Bachrach.

A book of halacha. By the Rashba, Rabbi Shlomo ben Avraham even Aderet (1235-1310), a great sage of his generation. Student of Rabbeinu Yonah and the Ramban, and one of the great respondents of any generation. Printed by Victor Dambrovsky, Warsaw. Stamp of ownership of Rav Yaakov bar Moshe Bachrach (1824-1897), who wrote glosses on the four Turim, was a relative of Rabbi Yisrael of Salant, and the Beit HaLevi. Listings and stamps of ownership, and many glosses throughout that haven’t been checked. Moth marks. Wear on the spine. 51 (supposed to be 52) pages. 19cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 037

Nahalat Shimoni, only edition. Wanzeebeck, 1728. With signature of Rabbi Yitzhak Grishaber, Av Beit Din of Paks.

Two sections bound together. The first is on the names mentioned in the Torah, Prophets, and Writings. The second section is on the names of the Tanna’im, organized alphabetically, and where they are mentioned in the Talmud. By Rabbi Shimon bar Yehuda Leib Feizer of Lisa. Printed by Yisrael bar Avraham. At the top of the cover is a listing and signature: “Itzak Grishaber.” An additional listing of ownership: “I bought from the Rav Av Beit Din, David Broda.” A number of glosses in the margins. Rabbi Yitzhak Grishaber (1741-1823), was Av Beit Din of Paks and Aya, a student of the Noda B’Yehuda and other sages of his generation. Fought together with the Chatam Sofer against Rav Aharon Khoriner, rabbi of Arad, who allowed the Shritel fish to be eaten. He even printed the book “Mekel Noam” which included dozens of letters from sages on this subject. He published a number of works, only some of each remain until today. Signatures and listings of ownership, page cutting is in gold. Stains from time. New binding. [5], 68; 69 pages. 31cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $400
LOT: 038

Mishnayot Seder Zra’im. Chernowitz. 1849.

With commentary by Rabbeinu Ovadia of Bartenura, and the Tosafot Yom Tov and Tosafot Chadashim by Rav Shimshon of Altona, and other Geonim. Printed by Meshalem Hiller in Chernowitz. Cover in red ink. Unreadable signature on the cover. Dedications in Sefardi handwriting to the synagogue Shoshanim L’David. Light moth marks. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 039

Sefer Yetzirah with the Gra’s commentary. First edition. Hrodna, 1806.

Includes the Ra’avad’s commentary, the Ramban, Rabbi Sa’adiya Gaon, Rabbi Eliezer of Gremizza (the HaRokeach), Rabbi Moshe Botril, and the Gra’s commentary. This edition was the first edition that included the Gra’s commentary, and the first book of kabbalah printed by the Gra. Brought to the publisher by his student, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov. In the book are Kabbalistic tables and drawings. On page 11a there is a gloss whose content was not examined. The two last pages were professionally repaired. New binding. The page numbering is messed up. 14, 42, [3] pages. 22cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $600
LOT: 040

Chiddushei Rabbeinu Chaim HaLevi of Brisk. First edition. Brisk, 1936.

Chiddushim on the Rambam by Rabbeinu Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik of Brisk. Printed by Yehoshua Klein. [1] 112 pages, 33cm. Before us is a copy printed on quality paper (there are copies printed on simple paper), with an introduction written by the sons of the author on their father’s method of teaching, which spread throughout the Torah world, and on his great investment in writing chiddushim up until he died. Light defect to the binding. Very good condition.
Item sold at $450 Starting at $100
LOT: 041

Beit HaLevi. First edition. Warsaw 1884.

By Rabbi Yosef Dover HaLevi, great grandson and grandson of Rabbi Haim of Volozhin and father of Rabbi Haim of Brisk. Drashot on Genesis and Exodus. Separate covers for each section. 32, 37 pages. First edition. Nice copy. Defective binding. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $130 Starting at $100
LOT: 042

Toldot Adam. Vilna, 1884. Glosses and notes.

The life of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman bar Yitzhak of Volozhin (Rabbi Zemlamla), brother of Rabbi Haim of Volozhin and student of the Vilna Gaon, with additional exegeses on the Tanach and Talmud hear from him. By Rabbi Yehezkel Feivel of Vilna. 60, 32 pages. Second page has covers for section 1 and 2. The copy before us has glosses and notes handwritten by students of the Gra in Jerusalem. New leather binding, handsome. Light stains from use. Good condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 043

Segulot Yisrael. Munkatch, 1913.

Also called Sefer HaHayyim. An important book of segulot, with remedies, and various segulot collected and organized alphabetically. By Rav Shabtai Lifshitz. At the end is the pamphlet Even Segula, with expensive segulot by Rabbi Zussman Sofer, Av Beit Din of Faks. Printed by Meizels, Munkatch. Not bound. Cover page disconnected, some stains and moth marks. [8], 136 pages. 22cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $150
LOT: 044

Yalkut Moshe—segulot, fortunes, and prophecies. The book that prophesied our time by more than a hundred years. First edition, with author’s dedication. Munkatch 1894. Rare.

By the Tzaddik Rabbi Yisrael Binyamin of Tzfat, with Sha’ar HaGoralot by Rabbi Shalmon Shabazi. “collected when he roamed the land of India and Yemen….” Ringing endorsements by the generation’s sages, the Admorim of Komarna, Nadvorna, and Sokolov. Also from Tzfat rabbis like Rabbi Avraham Tzalach, Rabbi Saliman Ankada, and others. Lately the book has become famous for the prophecy that appears in it, which states that “when there will be a solar eclipse in the beginning of Elul [exactly as there was this year], the kinds of the east will suffer great losses”—something that has been linked to the tension in North Korea. First, rare edition. Original binding is worn with covering of leather on the spine. Typical reinforcements to the binding using pages from old books and manuscripts. Pages disconnected. Lists of ownership. 81, [16] pages. 25cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 045

Mishneh Torah by the Rambam—section 2. Glosses in ancient Mizrahi handwriting. From the 16th century.

This section has the fourth and fifth books—Nashim and Kedusha. With objections of the Ra’avad and commentary of the Maggid Mishnah and Migdal Oz. [The commentary HaKesef Mishnah was not yet printed at the beginning of the 16th century.] With many long glosses handwritten (the content of the glosses wasn’t examined). At the top of the book, the first word of each page is framed in a large and pretty frame made of a wood engraving of shapes and flowers. The book’s pages are thick and high quality, with especially wide margins. Artistic corrections. Moth marks, not bound, no cover page. Last pages are of a different size. [4] 229-389 page. 41cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 046

Sefer Mishneh Torah of the Rambam. Incunabulum, printed by Soncino, 1490—many glosses in an ancient Ashkenazi handwriting from the time of the book’s printing.

Partially missing copy. Most of Sefer Zmanim, a large part of Sefer Nashim and Kedusha, and a number of pages from science and the Book of Love (Sefer Ahava). The glosses are long and in ancient Ashkenazi handwriting from the period. Some of the glosses are “Maimonite” glosses with additions and changes from the printed, and some have the inscription “from the mouth of Rabbi Shalit” and some “Ramach.” As is known, “Maimonite” glosses are additions to the Rambam written by Ashkenazi sages from the Maharam’s beit midrash in Rottenburg, collections and additions according to Rashi and Tosafot HaMaharam of Rottenburg and other Ashkenazi sages of his generation. The Maimonite glosses were authored and established by the Ramach (Rabbi Meir HaKohen), a direct student of the Maharam of Rottenburg, first printed in the Rambam edition printed in Kushta in 1509. In another edition of the Rambam from 1524, Maimonite glosses were printed in a completely different phrasing from the Kushta edition, and this phrasing was printing in all subsequent editions of the Rambam’s books until today. The glosses in the manuscript before us are more identical to the Maimonite glosses printed in Venice, but some have many changes and some are not found at all in the printed edition. It is possible that these glosses were copied from an earlier manuscript since in a number of places the Maharam of Rottenburg is called “Mori Shichi” or “Mori Shalit”, which is different from the later printed editions and manuscripts. In the manuscript before us there are additional notes and glosses in Yemenite handwriting from the 17th century. Around 91 pages (original had 380), with an additional page inserted in Yemenite handwriting. Around 30-32 -pages. The pages are in varying condition, with stains, wear, light moth damage. Some of the glosses have smudged and are cut with missing bits and wear. Ok condition.
Starting at $20000
LOT: 047

Tor Orech Chayim. Venice 1566.

With the Beit Yosef commentary. Third edition, printed during the author’s life (Maran Rabbi Yosef Karo (1488-1575). An almost complete copy (two pages of the table of contents are missing), preserved in the best possible manner. An extremely rare item. Printed by Zohan Gripo. A wonderful engraving on the cover page. New, handsome leather binding. Many ancient signatures and listings of ownership on the cover page—content not examined. Stains from time. Moth marks. Tears in the margins 24, 460 page. 33cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $1500